Zombie Fest 2008

I attended Zombie Fest 2008 a couple weeks ago. If you’d like to hear about it, check out the trip report I wrote for SCI FI Wire. And if you’d like to see some of the zombies I ran into while there, check out my Tor.com post, which includes a full photo slideshow.

Zombies at 99.5 FM

Last weekend, I appeared alongside David Barr Kirtley on Jim Freund’s Hour of the Wolf radio program on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York to discuss The Living Dead and Seeds of Change. Dave came along and read his story from The Living Dead, "The Skull-Faced Boy."

Here’s me, relaxing in the studio as Dave reads his story:

John Joseph Adams

And here’s Dave reading:

David Barr Kirtley

You can listen to the whole show by streaming it from the WBAI’s website, or you can download the following MP3s. Dave edited down the show into an abridged “good parts” edition for your listening pleasure:

Part 1 – Discussion
Humorous zombies?, Joe Hill, Owen’s King’s Who Can Save Us Now?, Seeds of Change, The Living Dead cover art

Part 2 – Reading
"The Skull-Faced Boy" by David Barr Kirtley, read by the author

Part 3 – Callers
Andy Duncan, Zora Neale Hurston, George Romero, From Dusk Til Dawn, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead

Zombie Fest 2008

Editor John Joseph Adams will be attending this year’s Zombie Fest, Oct. 25-26, 2008, the annual celebration of all things zombie. It’s held in Monroeville, PA, at the actual mall where George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead was filmed and takes place.

From the website:

— A two-day zombie-themed convention at the Monroeville Mall, site of the Romero zombie classic Dawn of the Dead, featuring vendor exhibits, film screenings, author discussion panels, live bands, games and other fun activities for zombie fans.  And in 2008, it’s FREE admission! 

— The Zombie Masquerade Ball is the monster party of the century!  Eat, drink, dance, and rub elbows with the upper crust undead!  Prizes awarded for best overall costume and best zombie costume.  The Ball also includes live entertainment and a silent auction (last year’s auction raised $1,000 for breast cancer research!).  The Ball is a 21 and over event and there will be a separate admission fee.

— On Sunday morning, zombies, young and old, will gather at the Mall, shambling and moaning for brains while bearing food donations for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.  Led by Professor Emcee Square, the horde of zombies slowly made their way from one end of the mall to the other.  In 2007, the total number of zombies who signed in was 1,028, establishing a new Guinness World Record™, and more than half a ton of food was collected.  The walk was honored with a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Best Fan Event of 2007.  In 2008, the Monroeville Mall Zombie Walk will be the hub of World Zombie Day™, with walks being held in more than 40 cities worldwide benefiting local food banks. 

Radio of The Living Dead

The Living Dead editor John Joseph Adams, with contributor David Barr Kirtley (“The Skull-Faced Boy), will appear on the radio show Hour of the Wolf on October 4, 2008.

The name of the show refers to the early time slot: 5 AM, so be sure to set your alarm clocks. Or, if you’d rather not wake up at an ungodly hour, you can stream the show from the radio station’s website.

The show airs on WBAI, 99.5 FM, in New York City.

Readings of The Living Dead @ the New York Review of Science Fiction reading series

On October 7, 2008, come join editor John Joseph Adams and special guests David Barr Kirtley and John Langan to celebrate the release of The Living Dead. Adams will serve as MC for the evening, and Langan ("How the Day Runs Down") and Kirtley ("The Skull-Faced Boy") will read from their stories.

For more information, have a look at the poster Kirtley created for the event:


The event will take place at the Melville Gallery of the South Street Seaport in New York, NY. Doors open at 6:30 PM, event begins at 7:00 PM. The event is part of the New York Review of Science Fiction reading series, which is curated by radio show host Jim Freund.

[NYRSF reading series] [Press Release]